Thanks to cartoons, many Americans believe that the correct way to taste wine is to take a sip, then witness something so shocking that it causes them to involuntarily expectorate. Skip the spit takes and sample wine correctly with today's Groupon: for $5, you get a wine tasting and a vineyard tour (an $11.50 value) at Rosa Fiorelli Winery in Bradenton. Rosa Fiorelli Winery sprang into being after Sicilian immigrants Rosa and her husband Antonio relocated to Florida and found the grape-growing landscape to be remarkably similar to the Mediterranean isle from whence they hail. The winery has expanded from an overworked garage into a 3,000-square-foot building served by a 10-acre vineyard—tours include a glimpse into each stage of the grape-growing and juice-transmogrifying process. At the end of each tour, inquisitive oenophiles get a chance to sample the results, from conquistador blush to manatee red. Small plates, crackers, and cheeses are also available.
Four Yahoo Travelers give Rosa Fiorelli Winery an average of four stars:
- Genuine, homey, very friendly. I felt like I'd stopped at a family vineyard along the road in Italy. – A Yahoo Travel reviewer on 8/28/07
- Wow this is great wine. I've been to wineries all over the country from coast to coast and this winery had some of the best I've tasted. It is worth the trip. – AD, Yahoo Travel